History Book Reviews (page 936)

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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The joy of this volume is that nothing in it is labored or overworked: historical overviews dovetail perfectly with a close reading of daily life, always sharply and tersely drawn and using a rich supply of material."
Beevor (The Spanish Civil War, 1983, etc.) and Cooper (editor, The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper, 1992, etc.) have created what should surely become one of the definitive works on the Paris liberation. Read full book review >
CAPONE by Laurence Bergreen
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

``I have never before written about someone who differed so sharply from his reputation as Al Capone,'' concludes Bergreen (As Thousands Cheer: The Life of Irving Berlin, 1990, etc.) in this shallow life of Public Enemy No. 1. Read full book review >

DROWNING by Gerhard Durlacher
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

A subtly compelling, fast-paced memoir of the Nazis' coming to power, told from the point of view of a perceptive child. Read full book review >
THE DEATHS OF SYBIL BOLTON by Jr. McAuliffe
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"His attribution of his alcoholism to his Indianness, for instance, comes perilously close to racism. (Author tour)"
McAuliffe, an editor for the Washington Post, offers an informative, often poignant story of a suppressed chapter of American history—a kind of Native American Roots. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A painstakingly researched, if sometimes ploddingly written, work that effectively weaves together the disparate threads that went into the theater we equate with the name Brecht."
Emulating the breadth characteristic of the epic theater, Fuegi (Germanic & Slavic Lit./Univ. of Maryland) determines that Brecht's theater wasn't really Brecht's theater after all and that Brecht himself, that rather heroic figure of 20th-century drama, was, in fact, a pig of a human being. Read full book review >

THE LAST YEARS OF THE MONROE DOCTRINE, 1945-1993 by Gaddis Smith
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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"The muddled historical argument about the Monroe Doctrine is redeemed by a thoughtful review of recent US policy in the Americas."
A fanciful argument that superpower rivalry in Latin America undermined and finally killed the Monroe Doctrine (which asserted American dominance in the Americas and nonintervention in Europe) as a basic feature of American foreign policy. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Still, this is an enjoyably radical rethinking of the mystery of the pyramids, with some ingenious arguments made in lucid style."
This fascinating archaeological detective story argues that the great pyramids of Egypt's Fourth Dynasty (c. 26002400 b.c.) were vast astronomically sophisticated temples, rather than the pharaonic tombs depicted by conventional Egyptology. Read full book review >
THE WIESENTHAL FILE by Alan Levy
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Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"Finally, he offers a guarded evaluation of Wiesenthal's role in the controversy surrounding Kurt Waldheim, suggesting that a much earlier rift between Wiesenthal and the World Jewish Congress sparked much of the name-calling directed at the veteran Nazi-hunter in recent discussions of that case."
This biography of famed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal is so well written that it often seems like a thriller rather than a serious examination of the aftermath of the Holocaust filtered through one survivor's experience. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: Aug. 1, 1994

"A well-researched, carefully reasoned account of the little- studied battle that made ultimate American victory in the Pacific inevitable."
In this compelling account, retired combat veteran Cutler (Strategy/US Naval Academy; Brown Water, Black Berets, 1988) offers balanced criticism and praise of the American performance in a critical WW II battle. Read full book review >
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Released: July 29, 1994

"When most readers are still surprised that the South held elections at all during its brief independent life, this book is a refreshing and provocative story that should appeal to Civil War buffs and casual readers interested in American politics."
A thoughtful and engaging study of political ethics and infighting in the Confederate States of America during the Civil War. Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: July 27, 1994

"But overall, this artfully told account leaves one hungry to experience Salomon's unique legacy firsthand. (8-page color insert, 40 b&w photos, not seen)"
An unusual biography of an artist who herself painted an unusual autobiography before she was murdered at Auschwitz. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: July 26, 1994

"Based on meticulous research and interviews with many key figures (including Westmoreland himself), the book offers a fair hearing for a man who has been alternately overlooked and maligned by history."
A biography of the military commander who, in this sound and balanced portrayal, was bound by his training and convictions to win an unwinnable war, ultimately the costliest in US history. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Kendare Blake
November 16, 2016

Bestseller Kendare Blake’s latest novel, Three Dark Crowns, a dark and inventive fantasy about three sisters who must fight to the death to become queen. In every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions. But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. The last queen standing gets the crown. “Gorgeous and bloody, tender and violent, elegant, precise, and passionate; above all, completely addicting,” our reviewer writes in a starred review. View video >